The Old Priory Bed and Breakfast is a classic Georgian Town House sitting in two worlds, the frontage is on Woodmarket while the rear overlooks the Old Parish Church in Abbey Row, the Abbey and Abbey grounds are just at the end of Abbey Row.
Sir Walter Scott’s Great Grandfather was born in the building next door, and Sir Walter Scott stayed with his Aunt in a house just round the corner whilst going to school in Kelso. A walking trail around the town is available that will take you to places that you may not have gone to.
The Old Priory is perfectly situated for exploring the Borders and North Northumberland. Alnwick Castle, famous for its new gardens and the background of the Harry Potter films, Bamburgh Castle, Norham Castle, Berwick on Tweed, St.Abbs Head, Coldingham Bay and Lindisfarne, Holy Island are all within stricking distance of Kelso. The wonderful sandy beaches on the East coast are 30 miles from Kelso. Berwick on Tweed is the nearest main line railway station to us and is usually the start of the Coast and Castles Cycle Route. The Borderloop Cycle Tour, Tweed Cycleway and the 4 Abbeys Cycle Route all pass through Kelso. We now have a link from the Borders at Tweedbank by train to Edinburgh.
Floors Castle, Mellerstain House, Paxton House, Manderston , Abbotsford, Hermitage Castle, Thirlestaine Castle, Dryburgh Abbey, Smailholm Tower, the William Wallace Statue, Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey and, and, of course Kelso Abbey are all within easy reach of Kelso along with many other historic sites.
The Border towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Galashiels, Selkirk and Melrose are all a leisurely drive through our beautiful countryside. Edinburgh is 42 miles and Kelso is a great base if you want to explore Edinburgh. Newcastle ferry terminal is approx 60miles.
Golf is an attraction to our area and we have numerous golf clubs that are available to visitors through the excellent package that VisitScotland promote called Freedom of the Fairways. This allows you to play on a wide variety of courses including the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course and Cardrona in Peeblesshire and gives you a chance to see more of the Borders.
The River Tweed is famous for its salmon fishing and the Junction Pool, the meeting place of the River Tweed and River Teviot, is one of the most sought after places to fish. A leisurely half hour can be spent on the old bridge watching the fishermen and admiring the view to Floors Castle.
Springwood Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, as well as the Border Union Show, Honda Goldwing motorcycles have their Treffen here, a spectacle much enjoyed, the regular Championship Dog Show, many other dog shows, Scottish National Scooter Rally, the British Motorbike Federation , regular Antique and Collectors Fairs, Wedding Fairs and of course the Ram Sales all take place in the showground.
Kelso has other events throughout the year, Kelso Races, “Britain’s friendliest course”, attracts many visitors, the Jim Clark Rally in May has become a huge draw to the town, Civic Week and the Massed Pipebands at Floors Castle are all reasons to come.